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Water Conservation

Water Conservation Project at Porter Lane Well

Water conservation just makes good sense. At a recent meeting, we were discussing how the City could save water. The topic for the meeting was old water versus new water and why it is so important to make the most out of old water. Old water comes from a water source that is available now such as a deep well or surface water. New water is found by adding a new well or upgrading an existing well. New water can cost a lot of money, so it makes sense to make the most out of old water.The Water Department has received many calls from residents regarding high water bills. Most problems are linked to either a leaking toilet or a water softener. Both can waste a lot of water, and the bad thing is you don't see the water because it goes down the drain. To help save water we have listed some of the things you can check or do to save water.
Toilet: First, lift the tank lid and look to see if any water is running down the over flow tube. If it is, make the necessary adjustments. There is usually a mark inside the tank that shows where the water level should be. The second test is to see if the water is leaking down into the bowl. How can you do this? Centerville City residents can pick up some dye, free of charge while the supply lasts, at either City Hall or the Public Works Department. Lift your tank lid and add either the dye or some food coloring. Then wait for a few minutes. If the dye appears in the bowl, replace the flapper in the bottom of the tank. If you use a toilet dye disinfectant you will need to wait until it has been used before you run this test. Also don't use your toilet for an ashtray or a wastebasket. Every time you flush a toilet it uses between 1.5 to 5 gallons of water.
Water Softer: Check the recharge cycle to make sure that it is not running too long, or it is not stuck on and just running down the drain.
Showers: Take shorter showers. Long hot showers waste five to ten gallons of water every unneeded minute. You can also change your showerhead and install a water saving showerhead. Most hardware stores carry them and they are easy to install.
Shaving or Brushing your Teeth: Fill the basin with water while shaving so the water doesn't have to run. When brushing your teeth fill a cup, or only have the water run while you are rinsing your toothbrush.
Leaks: Make repairs to a leaky tap as soon as possible.
Washing Dishes: Run a dishwasher only when there is a full load. Every time you run the dishwasher, it takes about 25-gallons of water. If you wash your dishes by hand don't let the water run.Don't let water run at all if possible. When washing fruit and vegetables, you can serve the same purpose by putting a stopper in the sink and filling the sink with clean water. Keep a bottle of drinking water in your refrigerator. This will eliminate the wasteful practice of running tap water to cool it off for a drink.


Lawns: Put your lawn on a diet by reducing the number of days you water. Instead of watering 10 minutes every day, water 15 minutes every other day. Water during nighttime hours between 8 pm and 8 am. Use a soil probe or screwdriver to determine whether the soil is dry and needs watering. Turn off you automatic controller when it rains. Fix leaks as soon as possible. Don't let the water run off your yard and into the gutter. Only water when you need to. Don't hose off your driveway, use a broom. Put a good layer of mulch around trees and plants. Don't let your hose run while you are washing your car. Blow your snow onto your grass areas so it will absorb into the ground water and not end up in Great Salt Lake.





Tips from Weber Basin Water:


August  2010

Fun Water Fact

One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of dieters studied in a U-Washington study.

Indoor Water Conservation Tip

Check your toilet for leaks.  Use food coloring in the tank, and if the color seeps into the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.  Fixing this type of leak can save up to 1000 gallons per month.

Outdoor Water Conservation Tips

September temperatures cool and things begin to revive from the summer heat.  You can water less frequently to keep plants healthy and promote deep rooting as plants store energy for next year’s growth. 

Change your lawn mower to a 3-inch clipping height and try not to cut off more than one-third of the grass height when you mow.  This will help create deeper healthy root systems that will be more tolerant of heat and will tolerate longer times between watering. 



July 2010

Fun Water Fact

A mere 2% drop in boy water can trigger fuzzy short- term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

Indoor Water Conservation Tip

Perform an annual maintenance check on your evaporative (swamp) cooler. Check for and fix any leaks you find.

Outdoor Water Conservation Tips

Try planting drought-tolerant and regionally adapted plants in areas that are hard to water or that receive little use. This may include narrow strips near sidewalks or driveways and steep hills.



June  2010

Fun Water Fact

If you covered a football field with one foot of water, it would be about 325,851 gallons. This volume of water is also referred to as one acre-foot.   An average quarter acre lot uses over one acre foot of water in a season for landscape irrigation, but only requires less than ½ an acre foot to maintain it to the high standard that is expected.  

Indoor Water Conservation Tip

Use a water-efficient showerhead.  They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.

Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons per minute.  That amounts to 200 gallons a week for a family of four. 

Outdoor Water Conservation Tips

Avoid watering when it is windy.

Water dry or brown spots in your lawn by hand with a hose rather than running your sprinkler system.  This will take care of the brown spot while saving thousands of gallons in not overwatering the rest of the entire lawn to take care of the same brown spot.



May 2010

Fun Water Fact

In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

Indoor Water Conservation Tip

Be aware! Just being aware of your water consumption will reduce overall consumption.   We typically use much more than we really need for typical tasks because we are not conscientious about our own behaviors concerning water.  This is especially true with landscape water uses.

Outdoor Water Conservation Tips

Adjust your watering schedule each month to match the seasonal weather conditions and landscape needs. 

Water your lawn areas separate from garden and bed areas.  Flower beds, trees, shrubs have different water requirements and by separating them and watering them appropriately, you will save water and you will have more healthy plants.

Visit the Learning Garden for ideas and to learn how to have colorful and lush landscapes while reducing your water needs and being more efficient with lawn watering.  Also, sign up for a free landscape water check if you are having difficulty knowing how long and how often to water.

(For a full class schedule and other water conservation information go to  Classes are located at Weber Basin Water Conservancy District’s Learning Garden located at 2837 E. Highway 193 in Layton)